WBEZ | diplomacy http://www.wbez.org/tags/diplomacy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Iran accused of plot to kill Saudi ambassador to the U.S. http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-19/iran-accused-plot-kill-saudi-ambassador-us-93284 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-19/iran3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The story seems pulled from a movie script: Last week, the U.S. government alleged that officials high up in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard concocted a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., with the help of a Mexican drug gang. Members of the Iranian security force, U.S. officials said, intended to detonate a bomb at a crowded restaurant in Washington D.C., killing the ambassador as well as over 100 bystanders.</p><p>We sit down and parse through the accusations with <a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_parsi" target="_blank">Trita Parsi</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/" target="_blank">National Iranian American Council</a>. Born in Iran, Trita fled the country with his family at the age of four to escape political repression. He's an expert on diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran.</p></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-19/iran-accused-plot-kill-saudi-ambassador-us-93284 U.S. Embassy attacked in Syria as government anti-democracy crackdown continues http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/us-embassy-attacked-syria-government-anti-democracy-crackdown-continues- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/syria1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syria bolstered security around the U.S. embassy in Damascus after Monday’s attack by a pro-government mob on the compound drew worldwide rebuke. After weeks of restrained U.S. reaction to Syria’s brutal crackdown on democracy protestors, diplomatic exchanges between the countries are now tense. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “has lost legitimacy” and was “not indispensable.” Some believe this change in tone could indicate a policy shift. Joshua Landis, author of the blog <a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/" target="_blank">“Syria Comment”</a> and director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/ipc/home/left_navigation/center_for_middleeaststudies.html" target="_blank">Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma</a>, joins us to talk about the ongoing unrest in Syria and the possibilities for any U.S. or NATO intervention.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/us-embassy-attacked-syria-government-anti-democracy-crackdown-continues-